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Much like Elite, Tradewars 2002 is considered a space trading game, but it gives you a perfect mix between strategy and action by allowing you to play against other people and giving you options such as building citadels and ports.

A text based game who found it's popularity by being played through dial-up BBSs, Tradewars has evolved dramatically since it's first release. It now allows multiplayer action and is easily playable over the internet through any telnet client. You can also set up your own server for people to play at and it's still costs nothing to play.


Trade Wars 2002 DOS Hardware Emporium for special ship capabilities
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Creating a planet out of nothing but deep space and one Genesis Torpedo
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Generating a character
Trade Wars 2002 DOS Landing on Earth

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  • "TWGS" -- internet game server
  • "TW2002" -- abbreviated title

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John Sherrick created the first BBS game of this style. Most other versions created such as Tradewars 2001, were just hacks of Sherrick's game.

The first known precursor to Tradewars is a BASIC example program called Star Traders. It was released in "The People's Book of Computer Games" that was published by Hewlett-Packard.

High Velocity Software was contracted to created a multiplayer verssion of Tradewars around 1992 to specifically work for BBSs running on MBBS.

John Pritchett originally met Gary Martin by smashing into his green mini-van at a stoplight.

The Tradewars Game Server which allowed people to easily play over the internet was programmed by John Pritchett and released in 1998.

Gary Martin sold the Tradewars name to John Pritchett in April 2000.

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Joel Gonzales (15) added Trade Wars 2002 (DOS) on Feb 15, 2001
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